Derbyshire alpaca farm to open as visitor attraction for families after lockdown

A Derbyshire alpaca farm will open up its gates as a visitor attraction so families can ‘get up close’ to these ‘amazing’ animals.

Friday, 12th February 2021, 3:00 pm

Woolville Alpacas, a family-run farm in the countryside near Langwith, will allow people to go on treks with its herd of colourful Huacaya Alpacas.

Although launch plans have been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, the owners now have the green light for their change of use bid from Bolsover District Council.

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Alpacas Enzo and Diablo, with Darcey Croshaw, nine, who will soon be welcoming families for Alpaca Experience visits.

Owner Jamie Croshaw said: “We travel up and down the country visiting reputable breeders in the East Midlands and all the way down to Devon to find the very best animals for our starting herd.

"We will use this platform to produce top quality alpacas for our clients to purchase and start their own Alpaca adventures.

“We also will be offering Alpaca experiences to our visitors, allowing people to get up close to these amazing animals, feed them and take them out on treks in the amazing countryside around us.”

The Whaley Road farm currently has a herd of 10 Huacaya Alpacas with a variety of colours, four of which are pregnant and Jamie hopes to welcome new ‘Cria’, or baby alpacas), in early summer.

Myla Croshaw, four, with Enzo at Woodville Farm.

"The pandemic has had an impact on our launch and as we are currently in lockdown again, unfortunately we are unable to welcome any visitors just yet.

"As soon as the Government’s guidance changes and we are able to welcome guests to our farm, we will publish this on our social media platforms and our website.”

Alpacas are native to South America and often confused with much larger llamas.

Jamie says the reaction to the farm’s plans has been ‘great’ and people already stop at the fence to look at the alpacas.

"Most people that walk by stop and smile,” he added.

"My daughter Darcey, nine, loves to tell people all about the animals. They really are intelligent, inquisitive and friendly.

“We have gift cards available to purchase now which will be valid for 24 months and readers will be able to save 10 per cent by following us on social media using the code “WOOLY10” until the end of March 2021.”

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